Nearly 100,000 Travis County voters — primarily women — got new voter registration cards this week that included names they haven’t used for years, such as a maiden name or a name from a previous marriage.
At a time when the recently instituted, controversial voter ID law has spurred widespread anxiety about having the right documentation at the polls, many of those women were upset that their new registration card had a name they no longer use. The blow-back was so intense that the Travis County voter registrar’s office issued an explanatory statement Friday under the headline: “Don’t shoot the messenger.”
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